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Blue Lakes are a very popular destination in the San Juan Mountains and is a gem in the Mt. Sneffles Wilderness. These lakes present breathtaking views of glacial lakes with relatively easy access. Enjoy views across Blue Lakes to Dallas peak and other jagged mountain peaks by hiking above Lower Blue Lake. Continue to Upper Blue Lake for views of shoulders of Mt. Sneffels and Gilpin Peak.

Many people use Lower Blue Lake as a base camp to attempt one of the 14ers, Mt. Sneffels, or just pass the lakes on the way up.

All-Day Hike: Blue Lakes is easiest accessed from Blue Lakes Trail up the East Fork Dallas Creek drainage. Follow the Blue Lakes Trail up for 3 miles to reach Lower Blue Lake and continue for another half a mile to reach Upper Blue Lake.

Gem Type: Lake

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Sarah Baker

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Oct 9, 2020
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Aug 20, 2020
James Shepherd
Jul 16, 2020
Eric Behrman
First real hike! Awesome. This is beautiful!!
May 30, 2020
Chad Corbin
Road conditions good enough for an Altima. trail clear up to first lake.
Aug 4, 2019
Timothy Coleman

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